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Gedeon Barcza vs David Bronstein
"Armagedeon" (game of the day Apr-25-2017)
Moscow-Budapest (1949), Moscow URS, rd 10, Apr-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1



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Dec-14-06  LivBlockade: After 33...♘c2+ White can safely resign. Black will be at least a piece ahead even without the last couple of tricks. For example, after 34. ♗c1 ♖xc1+; 35. ♔e2 gxf5 is certainly sufficient as after 36. ♔d2 White only wins back one of the lost pieces. Is this a case where the losing player lets his opponent play out the beautiful finish to be a good sport?
Dec-14-06  Olympos: Excellent!! RIP David, your ideas will remain immortal.
Dec-15-06  Fisheremon: <zb2cr: <eblunt>, I think after White played 32. Qe3, Nxe1; 33. Bxe1, Qf4 threatens to win another Pawn for Black.><artemis> After 32. Qe3 Nxe1 33. e4 is stronger but requires a high accuracy. The simplest way is 33. Qb1 Kf1 34. Qxb4. The best defense for Black was 32. Qb7, but White could have an winning endgame with two pawns up.
Jul-30-07  sanyas: 30.♕xb5 would have held easily. Why didn't he play that? Even 31.♔h2 could have saved him. So the combination was not the logical outcome of lengthy positional play, but the result of a sudden collapse by White.
Dec-13-10  WhiteRook48: i say even 33 qxg6+ followed by kh2 loses less, but black still wins
May-16-11  notyetagm: <karnak64: This game should be placed next to the word "brilliancy" in the dictionary. I'm absolutely stunned.>

Bronstein was *unbelivably* sharp tactically.

May-16-11  notyetagm: G Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949

Unbe-@#$%* -lievable tactical sequence by the genius Bronstein to end this game.

May-16-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: notyetagm's favorite tactics

G Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949 31 ... Nf4xd3! Qe4xQf5 Nd3xNe1!!

May-16-11  notyetagm: <patzer2: The previous web site I gave on chess terminology such as zweischenzug was a bit on the humorous side (eg. blunder -- "the moves I make"). This one is a bit more serious and comprehensive:

Note that the relevance to this game is in the <<<five consecutive "zweischenzug"(!!!!! -.ed)>>> moves Bronstein makes after 31. Nxd3, before capturing the white queen.>

Why is this game not called <THE IMMORTAL ZWISCHENZUG GAME>???

Sep-03-11  Everett: Oh, here's Bronstein winning a pawn... oh, wait, wow, a whole piece... @#$@%! up two pieces! What just happened?!
Aug-24-12  Conrad93: I guess this is what defines a master.

The ability to avoid what seems like the obvious is a trait of Bronstein.

Sep-13-16  drollere: this is a magical bit of logic where the obvious replies to the obvious threats and the plausible defenses to foreseeable attacks just lead white down the garden path to the guillotine.

the final queen sac to allow the knight and rook to unleash the final attack is truly brilliant. everything fits together with astonishing precision as white finally loses the rook.

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  ChessHigherCat: I got the feeling Barcza was afraid of Bronstein from the outset and wanted to trade everything down, maintain the calm and end up with a draw, but it's like trying to ride a dragon.
Apr-25-17  schnarre: ...I think White began to lose it with 8. b4?! ; should have finished developing with Be2...0-0 before launching such an attack. The game was still salvageable, but 11. Qa7? was pointless.
Apr-25-17  morfishine: Wonderful game by Bronstein!

By <20...h6> White was positionally lost due to his fragmented pawns and awkwardly placed pieces; attacking the Black Queen only forced her to better squares. Ultimately, the superior position generated winning tactics


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  keypusher: < MrSmith: <morfishine - Ultimately, the superior position generated winning tactics> Not really, white simply dug his own grave. No tactics required.>

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What is Black's 31st move if not tactics?

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  offramp: Wonderful chessboard magic. I was totally surprised by Black's moves. What a great player Bronstein was.
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  catlover: Wonderful choice for GOTD. 31 Qe4 may not look like a losing move, but Bronstein's reply pulls a thread that makes white's position quickly unravel.

Bronstein really was a world class player.

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  ChessHigherCat: <Mr Smith: catlover: Bronstein really was a world class player.> <MrSmith: Who isn't?>

I think I can say without fear of contradiction that I'm not a world-class player. Are you referring back to offramp's message, meaning: Who wasn't totally surprised?

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  keypusher: <MrSmith: <keypusher - tactics> Well, I guess tactics are in the eye of the beholder.>

No, they're on the board. Particularly when Bronstein is doing his thing, like he did here.

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  HeMateMe: Bar-none, Bronstein could light up the board.
Apr-25-17  botvinnik64: Bronstein is my favorite chess writer (still). I love The Sorcerer's Apprentice. In1952 he was as strong as Borvinnik, but alas, could only tie the Iron Man, my other chess hero. Great game.
Apr-25-17  Csabika988: ArmaGedeon.. Good game, but the pun is better.. LOL
Apr-25-17  SuperPatzer77: <botvinnik64: Bronstein is my favorite chess writer (still). I love The Sorcerer's Apprentice. In1952 he was as strong as Borvinnik, but alas, could only tie the Iron Man, my other chess hero. Great game.>

<Botvinnik64> He's one of my favorite chess writers, too. Yeah, a great game!!!

Apr-25-17  morfishine: Most chess players really don't understand the term "tactic" or "tactics".

While positional play sets up tactics, the actual tactic may be the most incongruous shift of a Rook or Queen by merely one square or the slightest move by a Bishop or even a backward re-grouping of a Knight.

Tactics don't necessarily have to include lightning moves across the board or even the capture of a piece or pawn

So, to be able to "see the possible tactic" one must first have favorably positioned their pieces/pawns

The switch from positional play to actual tactics can be so subtle that its too late for the victim to react


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